I wish it were not Marine Le Pen but she seems to be the first of the French politicians to zero in on the contemporary dynamics of the politics of today and seemingly to become aware that the pre-decimal language of the left versus the right is no longer relevant.
I did consider putting this in the 'French Presidential Election' thread but then thought as I have been saying for some time this subject is bigger than that election.
Partly, it will amuse me to see whether the determined beards among the mods might disagree and try to recast this statement along traditional lines which suit their customary understanding of political dynamics.
I don't like Marine Le Pen or her party. But she has this spot-on. And I now know that she is dangerously intelligent if she is responsible for moving the FN to this policy track;
'Using left-wing language, she has positioned herself as a critic of globalisation and a champion of protectionism and workers’ rights, and until recently gave less prominence to attacks on immigration and crime.
“I am in favour of redrawing political life to move away from the left/right division, which I find old-fashioned and artificial, towards a division between those who believe in France, in the nation state, and those who no longer believe in the nation state,” Le Pen said. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...314968577.html
Unfortunately, she is right. She is now on quite possibly the most intelligent track of any political party leader in Europe.